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Andrew Starling - a brief biography
UK Software Engineer and Writer
I'm never quite sure what to write on on those tedious immigration forms. Am I a programmer, a developer, a database engineer, or a software engineer? Happiy, nobody seems to care, including me.
Once upon a time I was a web editor, and before that a magazine editor. I've worked for the UK Government's Small Business Service, and as a usability advisor for the Cabinet Office committee on The Quality Framework for UK Government Website Design.
I've written dozens of articles for internet.com, most of them listed here. I was also technology editor of the UK's original Internet Magazine, for EMAP.
That's enough work nonsense. Actually far too much, but like anybody else on this planet I have to make it look like my skills are essential for mankind's existence. Or failing that, are worth paying for.
On the personal side, when I have the time I like to write short stories and novels with a satirical angle. Recently I wrote Dead Pan and Joe Progress about the god Pan returning to Earth and discovering that a company has patented his human-goat combination of genes, and he's now their property. The download figures for my free Internet novels have gone over 100,000, so I should stop counting.
I like to travel too. Back in my twenties I drove a truck overland from Johannesburg to London, which took six months and was quite exciting. And later I spent nine months travelling by bus, train and ferry from Bangkok to Sydney via Sumatra, Flores and Timor.
My Web sites are Foxglove.co.uk and Tinhat.com. Foxglove (this site) is a satirical site and was a Mirror newspaper site of the day. It's also home to most of my fiction writing. Tinhat started out as a site about Internet security but doesn't have a clear direction right now. Maybe one will appear.
If you'd like to contact me, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. This address changes periodically, just to keep spammers on their toes.Andrew